In his latest series, the This Morning chef returns to his home country of Italy to reveal one of its best kept secrets – it’s stunning Adriatic Coast and he’s travelling the entire length of the country’s eastern coastline to see everything this spectacular and lesser known side of the country has to offer.
This week, the latest stop on the journey along the Adriatic coast is a stunning national park, a place of lush mountains, turquoise waters and rolling vineyards that draws comparisons to the more famous region of Tuscany.
Here, Mount Conero rises up from the crystal clear water of the sea, and Gino’s first stop in tonight’s episode is a winery to sample one of the regions most famous red wines – Rosso Conero.
Inspired by the beautiful drink he makes chocolate-coated fruit with crushed amaretto biscuits and chopped hazelnuts.
Next, the big G visits Castelfidardo, a beautiful hilltop town famed as the birthplace of the accordion and gets to see an absolute whopper because this is the home of the world’s biggest accordion!
Finally, he explores a secret cove called the Two Sisters where he prepares paccheri quattro formaggi – otherwise known as macaroni cheese. But this isn’t mac and cheese as you might know it, but Italy’s traditional version of the comfort food favourite…
This is the fifth series of the TV chef’s ‘escapes’ which sees him travelling around Italy and it comes hot on the heels of the recent ITV series, Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip…
In that show, Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix spent three weeks travelling Scotland, Italy and France, with each of the fellas inviting the other two to their home turf.
TV Times rating: ***